OMAHA, NEBRASKA: The Grace University Royals hosted the Dakota State Trojans on Friday, February 16, and lost 53-80. After being down 25-36 at halftime, the Royals rallied to bring the score to 34-36 in the third quarter. However, the Trojans pulled back ahead and eventually won the game 53-80. Grace's record now stands at 14-13.
In the first quarter, the Royals played the Trojans evenly, never allowing them to lead by more than 4 points; at the end of the first quarter, the Royals were down 1 at 16-17. In the second quarter, the Royals pulled ahead 19-17 only for the Trojans to go an 8-0 run to bring the score to 19-25 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Royals came within 2 points of the Trojans at 25-27 with just under 3 minutes left in the half; however, the Trojans closed the half with another run to bring the score to 25-36.
The Royals went on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes of the second half to bring the score to 34-36. The Trojans responded with a 12-2 run of their own in the next four minutes, bringing the score to 36-48 with four minutes left in the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the Royals were down 43-56. In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the Trojans built their lead up to 20 points at 45-65; they continued to extend their lead as the clock ran out. The final score was 53-80.
The Royals shot 26.3% from the field (20 of 76), 23.1% from the 3-point line (6 of 26), and 58.3% from the free throw line (7 of 12). The Trojans shot 42.9% from the field (30 of 70), 30.8% from the 3-point line (8 of 26), and 85.7% from the free throw line (12 of 14). The Royals had 16 points off turnovers, 5 second-chance points, 22 points in the paint, and 7 fast break points, while the Trojans had 18 points off turnovers, 28 second-chance points, 42 points in the paint, and 4 fast break points. Grace grabbed 43 rebounds and had 11 assists and 11 steals, while Dakota State had 56 rebounds and 19 assists and 8 steals.
Junior Karen Orozco's 17 points helped her reach 1,000 career points; she also had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Darielle Evans had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Alyssa Strickland had 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Marisa Brown contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Four of the Trojans scored in double digits. Kennedy Wagner had 15 points and 8 assists, and Alexis Evans had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Lindsey Vogl had 12 points, and Jamie Tebben had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Royals will host Nebraska Christian College in their final home game on Wednesday, February 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. Their final regular-season game will be against Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas, on Saturday, February 24.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff